I went into reading this book with no knowledge of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Let me re-phrase that -- I knew nothing about thru-hiking the PCT. I knew aI went into reading this book with no knowledge of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Let me re-phrase that -- I knew nothing about thru-hiking the PCT. I knew about the trail itself as I've been reading a lot on the Appalachian Trail, so the PCT, naturally, was also intriguing.
Also considering that I had already read Bill Walker's tale of his AT hike, this book was of interest to me.
Walker, a nearly 7-foot-tall hiker, has a unique and witty way of writing, so I was really interested to see his take on this trail on the West Coast of the country in his book -- Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail.
For those who don't know about the PCT, it's a trail that runs from the border of Mexico to Canada, going through California and other Western states. It's actually longer than the Appalachian Trail.
If any of you read Walker's AT book, this is worth a read, too. His style is the same and the stories keep you smiling throughout.
On a side note, Walker will also be one of a handful of people I have spoken with for a series of stories I'll be doing on long-distance hiking (more specifically the Appalachian Trail) here on the blog in a few weeks. Stay tuned for that.
Back to the book, Walker takes you through the trials and tribulations of the PCT. It's definitely not the AT, as he shows, and it's definitely not easy.
Now for my thoughts…
Walker's style is a fun way to read. He's witty, funny and entertaining. He captures your attention and really keeps you interested in the subject matter.
As with his first book, this one was a page-turner. I got through the book quickly, though not as quickly as his AT book. Walker does his best to paint a wonderful portrait of this trail and the people he meets. He also does a very good job in showing major differences between the two trails, which is especially beneficial for people who enjoy knowing about long-distance hiking. For example, there are no shelters on the PCT, as opposed to the many that dot the AT.
Further, he does a good job at making fun of himself. Though he does a good job at pointing out the misgivings of others on the trail (which is especially good because it shows the different personalities one meets on the trail), he's not afraid to bash himself and show his fears or mess ups. It's a good way to realize that Walker is essentially a normal Joe, just like you and I. What that really does is shows that doing something like this can be someone who works the 9-5 job and all that. Someone doesn't have to be super human to hike 2,000-plus miles.
I also like that Walker holds no punches. He tells it like he sees it. Whether it's a mistake that he made or someone he met on the trail being a total jerk, he gives the full feel of the trail and what one might encounter.
I'll also note to those of you who read on the Kindle, the book is extremely well-priced for it.
This book was a little more jumpy than his tales of the AT. There were times when I was left scratching my head in wonder about certain people. He meets a lot of people on the trail, so keeping them together was a little tough when he jumped around. In his AT book, things seemed to flow a little better and I, as a reader, felt more connected to the personalities that he presented.
I also read this in the Kindle version. So, as with many books I've found on Kindle, there are the occasional errors, which range from spelling to style. But that's bound to happen. Though it's a little frustrating to someone who watches for things like that (such as me), it's not a deal-breaker in regard to reading the book. I write this, however, to warn people of this as it might bother others. There were some misused words and some odd words used in situations. Though a couple times it made me let out a deep sigh, I still enjoyed the book.
As with Walker's Appalachian Trail book, he takes us through a memorable trip. From his personal safety and thoughts to the antics and craziness of people he meets on the trail, Walker does an excellent job at painting this wonderful trail that goes walks the one side of the country.
He's funny. He's serious. He has a colorful way of telling a story.
There's good stories and bad. There's interesting people and duds.
Basically, it has everything one needs to be a strong tale of something crazy and amazing. There are a lot of hiking books out there, but this one and Walker's AT book are two that I would highly encourage people to read.
If you have an interest in the outdoors or hiking, this is a book that will allow you to armchair a long-distance hike through someone's eyes. And that someone doesn't worry about ruffling feathers. He tells it like he sees it unfolds and that's a refreshing way to see this trail.
I think it's a solid read and well worth the time spent reading it. However, it wasn't as good as his first book on the AT. I thought his AT book was more crisp and flowed better. I was also laughing at that book a bit more and more intrigued by where he went. It could be the subject matter, too, as the AT seriously does seem more interesting than the PT. I look forward to more from Walker in the future....more
You live your life above most people and some tree lines. People ask you “How’s the weather up there?”
MaybFirst, imagine being 6 feet, 11 inches tall.
You live your life above most people and some tree lines. People ask you “How’s the weather up there?”
Maybe you can even get some classic one-liners, such as:
“You’re so tall that the giraffes got jealous!”
“You’re so tall that even in the summer time you still have snow on your head!”
That last one might actually be a little more relevant to the book I’m reviewing. See, Bill Walker is 6-11. But the difference is, he set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trail that runs more than 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. A novice hiker at the start, Walker, whose trail name is Skywalker based on his height and his last name, learns so much on this trail during his hike. He’s funny, witty and, at times, puts himself in situations that you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him.
After all, it isn’t easy doing something like this in the first place. But being 6-11 and barely 220 pounds makes it even harder.
Skywalker — Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail is his story about his hike.
Bill’s quest takes him through all sorts of weather and tribulations — including trying to stay warm or even fit into tents and set up tarps. It shows the hard side of the trail, but it also shows the light side. His interactions and descriptions of the people he meets on the trail are excellent and well-done. He holds no punches, either, which I liked. More on that later.
This book is a perfect book about the trail. History, personal stories and description make this a fine read.
Now for my thoughts…
This book was a page-turner. I finished it in three days as it’s the perfect size to kind of go through it at a decent pace and really keep up with everything. Walker never lost me. In some of the other AT books I’ve read, there are parts where I found myself skimming. Not with this book. I smiled for most of it and never lost my bearing of where I was with it.
One cool thing? Walker gives cliff hangers. Seriously. I never expected this. But he starts off with talking about a few of the people he met and makes mention that the reader will find out more later, but then goes off elsewhere. As I read, I found myself wondering what happened. Especially when he meets some of the others etc. In the end, he tells the reader the endings to those cliff hangers. A very good and interesting way to write part of this book.
Humor. This was the best part for me. The reality of a thru-hike is this — you are on the trail for upwards of six months, covering more than 2,200 miles. If you can’t laugh, then it’s going to be a long hike. Even when things go crappy, you have to find a way to smile. Walker did that and he portrayed that in his writing. He told funny and humorous stories. He told of the awful things that happened and found a way to make it funny.
Most of all, he made me, the reader, care. He described the people he met and really developed them as characters for the book. Being he was with many of the same people over and over, it was good to develop them. The funny part is that even though this was real life, I found myself reading part of it like fiction. There were certain people/characters I really liked. There were certain ones I really disliked. And there were others who I wondered about. But I felt like Skywalker took me on the trail with him and that is something that I haven’t gotten out of every AT book I’ve read. This book really is one of the better ones that I’ve read about the AT.
There’s always a little bad to books, but I am hard-pressed to find any with this.
If you are reading on the Kindle, as I was, there are some formatting issues. So that was a little odd, but I’m not sure that should take away from the quality of the book and it shouldn’t come down on the author.
My only true complaint is there were some of the stories that I would have liked to have seen expanded and a couple that I would have liked to have seen shortened. I think that comes with a book like this because there is so much that happens over the course of a 6-month hike like this. And I’m sure Walker had his reasons for making some shorter and some longer. Just personal interest would have liked certain ones to have been switched in regard to length.
An excellent read. This book is right up there with Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” as my favorite reads on the Appalachian Trail. Walker is a likeable person and his thoughts are insightful, honest and real. He brings you close to the AT and really gives hope to “armchair” hikers that a hike like this can be made by people of all shapes, sizes and lifestyle. This man was not a hiker. He’s a tall, skinny fellow who hiked more than 2,200 miles over all sorts of terrain. He had to “beef up” to get to 220 pounds and by the end, he was at least 40 pounds lighter. He battles equipment, nature, his fear of bears, people and everything else along this memorable trip. And in the end, he stands atop Mount Katahdin in Maine.
He overcame a lot. And though the outcome is quite obvious (how many people write about failed thru-hikes?), I still founnd myself rooting for him the whole book.
The book took me about three days to read. It flows well and reads fast. It’s very enjoyable. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read and well-written. The storyline was very well done.
The story works well in that I think many pI really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read and well-written. The storyline was very well done.
The story works well in that I think many people can find a way to relate -- whether through own experiences or knowing of someone else. Divorced parents, splitting custody. One parent is the workaholic, another is the one who works hard, but isn't the greatest "role model." In the end, it's a story not of just the father finding out who is son is, but of the father finding out who he is and who he was. His son teaches his father a lesson, though maybe not intentionally.
It's one weekend that the author paints as one neither the son nor the father will likely ever forget.
The read is smooth and I went through the book quickly. The author develops characters really well and offers descriptions of each situation.
I highly enjoyed this book and will likely look to read some more from this author. ...more
If you are a baseball fan — especially of the history of the game — this book is for you.
This is the tale of Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn(e), who pitchIf you are a baseball fan — especially of the history of the game — this book is for you.
This is the tale of Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn(e), who pitched the Providence Grays to the National League pennant in 1884. That he did that wasn’t just the story, however. It’s of how he took the Grays upon his back and carried them to the championship by winning 59 games (or 60, pending on sources) during the regular season. Despite pain and without the courtesy of modern training regimens, Old Hoss did something likely never to be duplicated in the game of baseball. (Or, base ball, as it was known back then).
Edward Achorn takes us through a bit of Radbourn’s career, but specifically the 1884 season. His writing style is interesting, especially as he shows a bit of the 1884 “sportswriter” way of doing things. His research is deep and it shows that some things will never be uncovered as at times he has to presume or assume certain things, but makes sure to point out things like that. It was, after all, 1884 and I’m quite sure certain things were not recorded as they are today.
Achorn takes us through Radbourn’s battled with fellow star pitcher Charlie Sweeney and manager Frank Bancroft. He gives us glimpses of some of Radbourn’s colorful teammates, such as catcher Barney Gilligan and first baseman Joe Start. In fact, Achorn gives us a solid glance for most of the 1884 Grays, showing some interesting folks along the way. He also does a good job in showing some great battles Radbourn and the Grays had with heated rivals the Boston Beaneaters and Chicago White Stockings (who would, eventually, become the Cubs).
Old Hoss Radbourn was quite a character. Quiet and trying to stay out of the limelight, he was something else and he’s portrayed well in this book. The reader really gets a chance to dig into this person and get to know him as well as possible, considering he died before the turn of the century into the 1900s.
If you love baseball history, this book is probably something you could delve into. It’s filled with interesting things from the game’s early years.
Now for my thoughts…
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while. I finally ponied up and got it for my Kindle (though I think a hard copy might be better, considering some of the items Achorn has picked out to have as images. Some of the things were hard to read on the Kindle, such as scorecards and such, but that’s not Achorn’s fault by any means).
The research in this book is quite good. It really paints a good picture not only of what baseball was like in 1884, but what life was like in those times. Things weren’t easy. Baseball wasn’t easy. With no gloves, it was quite tough to play the game. Especially being as the National League, at that point, had switched to the new pitching rule to allow overhand delivery. Catchers took a beating. Players took a beating.
This book shows all of that.
The descriptions of the players, rivals and game was excellent. I could easily picture the stadiums, the players, the uniforms, the pitches and outs by the way it was written. It took me back to 1884, which is something I would want in a book like this.
The best part of this book is the history, without a doubt. The game as it is today is nothing compared to 1884. It really shows one what the game has done over time to blossom and grow. If I could hop into a time machine and morph back to 1884 to watch a game between Boston and Providence at Messer Street Grounds, I feel I would be aptly prepared because of this book. I would gladly pay 50 cents to watch that game.
The book tends to get jumpy at times. With quite long chapters, Achorn bounces around a bit in each one. He’ll start on something, which will then lead to a side story or two. Then, he’ll pop back to the original story. At times, it got confusing and frustrating to read this style. It might have been good to have some sub-titles and such inside the chapters, just to break it up a little. I liked the side stories, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t like that it seemed at times that they just showed up etc.
And this might be the journalist/English teacher in me, but sometimes the writer would use a quote and say something like “Bancroft recalled…” I understand that the quote came from the research and from a newspaper or something along those lines, but I would have liked to have seen a little more attribution with it. To be fair, the back of the book has so much attribution, it’s not funny. Still, it’s something that was pounded in my head during college and during my years of working at a newspaper, so sometimes I cringe when I see things like that!
Again, I would highly encourage baseball history fans to read this book. It’s an excellent read. However, it’s not what I would call a “page turner.” It’s not one of those books that I couldn’t wait to get back to or would sit reading for several hours each night. With the long chapters, I often found myself reading one chapter in a night and calling it good. There were a few times I would go a couple of days without reading. But I was always interested in the next chapter and in watching how the season unfolded. I never wanted to stop reading the book, which is a good thing, and I did really enjoy it. It’s a slower-paced book that really gave a history lesson. For that, I was happy.
Originally, I wanted to give this something in the 3.5 range, but after thinking about it, I think it’s a solid 4 stars. It’s a strong read. Though the style, at times, is maddening, overall it’s a very good book and worth reading. Especially if you are a baseball or baseball history fan.
On a side note, you can see Old Hoss in modern times on Twitter (@OldHossRadbourn)....more
After the last book I read, I had been looking for a book that really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. Though I don’t ever intend on hikinAfter the last book I read, I had been looking for a book that really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. Though I don’t ever intend on hiking the Appalachian Trail, I do like reading about it through trail journals and books. That led me to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, a wonderful account of one man’s mid-life hike of the historic trail.
It’s the second book I read on hiking the trail and it gave a very good account of the hike and what you encounter during such a long thru-hike.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was well done and you could tell that the writer kept good details in his journal during the hike. It also probably didn’t hurt that he wrote a newspaper article every week or two during his hike.
As for the book…
Details! The best way I can describe this book is that it’s almost a play-by-play of his hike. The details are many and really capture the essence of a thru-hike like this. Remember, the Appalachian Trail is more than 2,000 miles long, so there are a lot of things to journal and encounter. Items such as animals, other wildlife, people, stopping in towns, injuries and everything else you can consider. Author David Miller really gives you the feel of what it’s like to be on the trail. From not shaving, to days without a shower — you can almost smell (ewww!) what it’s like to be a hiker. His tribulations with hiking shoes or dealing with hikers who seem to uppity to talk to other hikers, he gives you ever piece of what his trip was like.
That makes it hard to put the book down.
It took me about 10 days to finish the book. There were a few days in there that I didn’t read, but the book flowed well and it went quick. I looked forward to reading it each time I picked up my Kindle.
Another positive to the book was it wasn’t all cake and candy. By that I mean, everything wasn’t “Oh yay! The Appalachian Trail rules and this was so easy!”
Miller gets into the negatives of his hike. Such as being away from his wife and three kids for so many months. He takes us into the mind of a thru-hiker with the urge (though with Miller, it never seemed too big of an urge as he knew what he did to be able to hike and didn’t want to leave the trail). But it’s not an easy thing to do, mentally and physically. The amount of food he goes through and the constant, nagging injuries are things that he dealt with.
He also shows what hikers have to go through each day. From hiking anywhere from 10-30 miles in a day, to the terrain, to having to hitchhike into towns or trying to get food and water while on the trail, Miller’s account of the hike is something anyone considering this hike should read.
As much of a positive as the play-by play is, it can also be a negative, though not in a major way. There were times that I wondered how much fun he actually had. If I’m on a trail for 4-6 months and am meeting so many people and staying in different spots, I’m going to have to have some fun. At times, Miller starts to talk about the good times, but then abruptly moves on to hiking the next day. I think a few more details and some good humor in parts would have given the book a little extra oomph.
Outside of that, there’s not many negatives with this book. He offered a few opinions in the book that I think could have been left out and there were parts that I would have liked expanded with explanations, but overall there weren’t many bad things about the book.
Not many books could get me to be interested in hiking 2,000-plus miles. The reality is, this is a hike I’ll likely never try to attempt as being on the trail for six months just isn’t something I’m interested in doing. That being said, his account of the hike really could get someone interested in thinking about this hike. From the amount of bears he saw to the nature and people he encountered, it’s a writer’s dream to be on that trail.
But every batch of goods had bads, including weather, rough people to deal with or running out of key items (such as water). The physical and mental toll it takes on a person is something that everyone should consider.
Still, as Miller shows in the book, it’s something that people from all walks of life have done and it’s something many people could do, if they put their mind to it. His account isn’t sugar-coated and he gives a real feel of what it would be like to take this thru-hike.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys hiking, outdoors or just a good read about a real-life adventure....more
I have to be honest -- as someone who loves the outdoors and who likes to hike a little, the Appalachian Trail is one of those things that I've knownI have to be honest -- as someone who loves the outdoors and who likes to hike a little, the Appalachian Trail is one of those things that I've known about. Truth be told, it would be cool to thru-hike it. BUT, the reality is I'll never do it. So, to see a book like this, it gives readers the feel of what it would be like out there.
Two people recommended this book to me and I'm glad they did. It's one I am glad I read.
If you are looking for a book that shows you every mile of the Appalachian Trail and about how great and successful of a hike this can be, look elsewhere.
If you are looking for an entertaining read and the reality of what is this amazing trail, look no further.
Bill Bryson delivers a wonderful story of the trail, hiking with a long-lost friend, realities of the trail and how hard and demanding a trip like this can be. It's not all pie and candy, that's for sure. Bryson gives readers a view of the trail in many different ways and mixes in a history lesson at times, too.
He's witty, funny and, at times, emotional. He shows how hard this trip can be and what it can do to a person. The wear and tear to a person's body and mind and what it's like to be away from loved ones for so long. I laughed many times throughout the book at Bryson and his traveling pal, Katz.
This book also gives you a real respect for those that make it through this whole trail. Bryson and Katz did a lot, but it's almost incredibly amazong to know how much they actually did when it's all said and done.
The ending is fitting -- and one I almost saw coming with how the book went.
If you are thinking of hiking this trail, or just like the stories and tales about it, this book is a good one. It gives you a glimpse of people and life on the trail and some of the most wonderful things you'll ever see. It's worth every penny and an excellent read. ...more
Please note that this review comes with the Kindle edition, so some of the parts about formatting and such could be because of that.
I don't rememberPlease note that this review comes with the Kindle edition, so some of the parts about formatting and such could be because of that.
I don't remember why this book caught my eye, but I make it a habit every week or two to go find some inexpensive books I can get on the Kindle. I check different things, click around on suggestions and at some point get some really out-there picks. This was one of them.
After reading the description and some of the reviews, I thought it sounded interesting. Though I don't plan on visiting Thailand, it's quite interesting to be able to look into another culture -- or sub-culture -- and what it can do to people. The book was quite an interesting read, though at times could get a bit confusing with the voices of so many different characters. I think the way of writing it could work, but there are times when small characters returned and I really had to strain to remember who the heck that character was and why he/she was important to the book.
The plot line was good. It kept me interested and I liked the idea of someone becoming infatuated with someone that they really couldn't ever "be with." The development of the main characters was good, though -- again -- some of the sub-characters were just in there.
The build-up was good and though I could see the direction the book was going to end, I thought it was a bit anti-climactic and seemed a little rushed.
As for the formatting I spoke about at first, some things seemed to be in wrong spots, punctuation was sometimes in the middle of a spot it shouldn't be in and there were slight grammar issues at times. But I've learned that sometimes the Kindle books can have some issues with that, so I don't always worry.
In the end, it was very much worth the $2.99 I paid for the book and it was a good read into another culture and lifestyle....more
I'm going to give this four stars because of the topic and my interest in it. In reality, if it was allowable, I'd probably give it a 3.5.
If you've rI'm going to give this four stars because of the topic and my interest in it. In reality, if it was allowable, I'd probably give it a 3.5.
If you've read a police report or a crime novel, then picture that style telling the story of Micky Ward, one of the most amazing stories in boxing. The story is decent and it kept me interested. Yet, it lacked something. It's hard for me to put a finger on what exactly. But as much as I wanted to love this book, I couldn't. I did, however, like it a real lot.
Micky Ward is simply an incredible story. From his upbringing to his early goings in boxing to a late-career surge with the Arturo Gatti trilogy, this is a pretty solid read. It gives pretty interesting details on his brother, Dickie, and several other players during his career, which spanned over three decades.
There are details about fights and insight into Micky's mind and thought process. The description of the Gatti fights is pretty solid and you really have to scratch your head wondering what those two were thinking (or not thinking) putting themselves through all that punishment.
As I said, the beginning part of the book was a little police like in the book read like a crime report. Though that style continued for much of the book it became a little less so as the book went on, making it much more tolerable.
Micky Ward is a throwback fighter and this book does a good job showing that. I'd highly encourage any boxing fan or anyone interested in reading a story about a long shot to check this book out.
I'm a baseball nut and have covered minor league baseball in the past, so this one was of extra special interest. I love these first-person stories abI'm a baseball nut and have covered minor league baseball in the past, so this one was of extra special interest. I love these first-person stories about life in the low minors and what people did to get through it. Long bus rides, crappy food, low pay and not knowing what their lives will be like in the future.
The life of a minor leaguer isn't easy. Matt McCarthy takes us through one year in the minors -- his lone year in professional baseball -- in Provo, Utah. From getting drafted, to signing to playing ball in a Mormon community, he gives us a colorful look at what it's like to have this lifestyle and to push forward with the dream of playing Major League Baseball. From arguments on the team, to racial tensions, to religion and long bus rides, this book is a colorful look at the lifestyle.
I've seen the reviews that say some of the things can't be backed up, but I expect that in books like this as it would likely be near impossible to have every piece of info be dead-on. It's a long season and I'm sure details get meshed together into others, which can create some confusion.
Still, this book is an excellent read. I finished it over a couple of days and for baseball fans, this should be a quick and good read. McCarthy seems like a likable guy who isn't too far off many other minor leaguers. The big wads of chew in the lip, beer, girls in small towns, swearing and everything else is what it's like in many other minor league towns.
It's a good read and well worth the time, especially for a baseball fan. ...more
Let me preface this by saying I love Jodi Picoult's books and will continue to read her work. I give this book a 3-star rating, but it would probablyLet me preface this by saying I love Jodi Picoult's books and will continue to read her work. I give this book a 3-star rating, but it would probably be more of a 3.5 and would have been a 4 if the ending didn't feel so rushed and open-ended.
As someone who doesn't know much about Asperger's, I can't comment on how realistic Jacob is or how he reacts to things. But, I will say that Picoult has woven a good story, an interesting storyline and a decent (albeit predictable) twist for the book.
As with most of her books, I wanted to cruise through it as I wanted to see how the story unfolded. She does a wonderful job at building characters and getting the reader to connect to each. One can be sympathetic with Emma and Theo. Jacob is an interesting character and the side characters are interested.
Some things don't always feel complete, however. Such as the cop who used some interesting techniques to interrogate Jacob. The ending, too, though predictable on the one hand feels incomplete on the other. What is the final ruling? Jail time for anyone? Is this all accidental? What happened once the truth came out? It seems we rush too fast to Jacob's thoughts following the twist and don't put anything to bed in regard to what happens to everyone else.
It seems to be a way for books to end now... a lot of open-ended thinking for the reader to try and decide what they think happens. But when I pay for a book, I want three parts -- a beginning, a middle and an end. It would be nice to know how the author saw the full ending -- even if it's a short epilogue.
I'll continue to read Picoult, but the last two books of hers I have read have left me wanting to chuck the book across the room with the ending in that they have been too open-ended.
Overall, it's a solid story, well through out and well-written. There are just some things that just make me scratch my head and make me have too many questions. ...more
This is one of those books I will tell a lot of people to read. As somebody who works in newspapers, this one really got my interest. I'm glad I readThis is one of those books I will tell a lot of people to read. As somebody who works in newspapers, this one really got my interest. I'm glad I read it and will probably revisit it again one day.
I've never really read a book like this, but I enjoy how it's done. The eyes of this newspaper over the years through the eyes of many people who work there and by a fan of the paper.
The two things that I really liked were the look backs at the newspaper after each person -- to show the growth and demise of the newspaper and give the reader an idea of the place all of these people were discussing. I also like the ending. With so many mini stories, it's hard to "end" each one during the book. So, after all is said and done, the author does an excellent job at letting the reader know what ended up to each character, which I think is a very important aspect to this book.
To think this book is a debut novel is quite amazing. It's well-written and though out. Each character is developed well and the reader can connect with each. There were some I connected with more than others. There were some side characters who I really disliked, making the main ones that much better. There were times I cringed at decisions that were made, laughed at situations, and put my hand in front of my mouth for some "oh my" moments.
I have no problems recommending this book to others and hope they will enjoy it as much as I have. And for those of you who have a Kindle, at $5, this book is a steal. ...more